Is the Chord Mojo worth the investment in today’s crowded Amp/DAC sphere? Is it an overhyped product sound-wise? Is it overpriced? Let’s dive in and find out…
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Is the Mojo worth it? It depends.
Is it overhyped sound wise? Absolutely not.
Is it overpriced? I would say yes but hang with me and I’ll explain.
Let’s talk about it’s worth first. Do stick around ‘til the end of this article as I’ll be going over a couple of potential alternatives to the Mojo, should you decide against it.
Big thanks to all of those on my FB, Instagram, and YT who brought these issues to my attention, some of which I knew about, but have gotten worse lately.
I didn’t personally have any problems during my time demoing this product, but I also don’t own one.
The problem with the Mojo nowadays is one of Quality Control, unfortunately. There are a few caveats with it that you must be made aware of:
It runs hot. This isn’t too big of a deal for most people including me being that it’s a Class A amplifier. Plus, I like it hot. OH BEHAVE!!
For many people, the battery fails to hold a charge – usually around the 1-year mark or before.
Customer support seems to be non-existent in many cases.
The unit dies unexpectedly or behaves erratically.
For the asking price of the Mojo, none of the above should EVER happen. I read a review that said Chord wanted $200 to replace the battery, so he did it himself. This is simply not acceptable.
Now for some good news.
Is it overhyped soundwise? No.
Many of you homies who have been with me a while know that out of all the Amp/DACS I’ve tried (Over 40 at the time of this review), 2 stand out above the rest in terms of sound.
The first is the Bryston BHA-1, the second is indeed the Mojo. It’s head and shoulders above pretty much every DAC in the lower-tiered price brackets and outclasses amps costing 3 and 4 times as much. YEAH, I said it! What of it?
You wanna step to me? XD
Imagine feeling almost as if you could reach out and touch the vocalist’s face as she’s singing to you. Perhaps give her a Lil kiss. MWAH!
Everything about the Mojo is better, from intimacy to resolution and clarity, to Soundstage, detail retrieval, tonality. It’s all perfect. Pair one with a Dan Clark Aeon Flow Closed and be transported to heaven. The impact it had on me cannot be overstated. I will remember that moment for the rest of my life.
Add to that you can use it on console via its optical input, it’s got 2 3.5mm jacks for sharing, and it can be used on your desktop or portably.
As for the burning question:
Is it overpriced?
It’s hard to say. I think $300 is a good deal if you don’t end up having any problems down the road. The question is are you willing to take that gamble?
For retail at around $500-550, I would probably look for something else – something you know is going to hold up well over time. iFi products immediately come to mind with regard to well made, extremely reliable, and easy to use Amps and DACS. I’ve been demoing their gear for over 2 years and haven’t had one single issue with anything I’ve tried: The Black Label, xDSD & xCAN, Zen Amp/DAC, Zen CAN Signature 6XX, hip-dac, Zen Blue, Neo iDSD, etc.
They have all functioned flawlessly and sound great.
So what about a couple of alternatives?
A small, portable Amp/DAC that can also be used on your desk? Something that rivals the sound quality of the Mojo?
I’d go with the Black Label. Tons of power, amazingly crisp and clean sound, a plethora of features and connections, and so much value that I can’t even begin to scratch the surface in this video…
I’ll leave a link down below to my review as well as where to buy. If it’s unavailable, go with the Nano iDSD. If you have any questions, let me know!
In the meantime, check out the next article in the Before you buy, read this series. I know it will help you out immensely on your journey. See you there!
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